The mandarin in the human resource development ministry who scotched, albeit temporarily, a Hyderabad university’s plan to confer a honorary doctorate on Viswanathan Anand may have done a great service to everyone. Seriously, what were they thinking? Anand is one of the world’s best and best-known chess players, not an actor, a singer, a cricketer, a businessman, even a politician who dropped out of school. That, in this newspaper’s opinion, instantly disqualifies him from being eligible for a honorary doctorate. Indeed, forcing the man, a role model for millions of intellectually minded young people, to accept the doctorate would have embarrassed some of the other people who have been awarded honorary doctorates for looking good, hamming it up on screen, running around trees, or dispensing favours. Bad move. And thank Fisher it got checkmated.